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Monday, November 13th, 2023

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Pennsylvania Hops Aboard the Disclosure Bandwagon
    By Kenneth C. Greene, Leasing News Emeritus
Banks Facing Additional Issues in Commercial Finance
  and Leasing Sides of Their Businesses.
   Major Challenges in the Market Place
    by Randy Haug, LTi Technology Solutions
Alliance Funding Group Announces They Have
    Formed a New Strategy Mid-Ticket Business Unit
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Ready for Success?  Great! Apply Now
Connectedness and Kindness Win
    By Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners Managing Director
The CLFP Foundation Adds 17 New CLFPs
    with Photos ---- Foundation Approaching 1500 Members
20 CLFP Academy Classes This Year,
    Only Two More Scheduled for 2023
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    November 6 - November 9
Australian Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog Mix
    Tacoma, Washington Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs ---
Bipartisan bill introduced to guarantee
    truck drivers overtime pay
SK Battery to furlough workers at Jackson County plant,
    cut production
Chicago ranks #1 on Orkin's Top 50 Rattiest Cities
    List for the ninth consecutive year
There is now only one Chuck E. Cheese
    animatronic band left in California
Emotions run high as sea turtles take over
    popular Hawaii beaches

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 This Day in History
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Pennsylvania Hops Aboard the Disclosure Bandwagon
By Kenneth C. Greene Leasing News Emeritus 

The Keystone State appears to be next in line to join the many other states that mandate disclosures in commercial loan transactions and impose other restrictions. Currently, two House bills are pending: HB791 and HB1792. HB 1791, if passed, will render Confessions of Judgment illegal. A Confession of Judgment is an agreement that authorizes one party to confess judgment against another at the outset of a loan transaction. This does not impact the ability to utilize a Stipulation for Judgment as a mean of compelling enforcement of a settlement agreement.

It does render it illegal for a borrower/customer to agree to judgment simultaneous to the loan transaction, a device often used in merchant cash advance deals. The new bill will not apply to contracts entered into before the effective date of the law, which should be in a few months.
Pennsylvania is hardly the first state to take this action. Massachusetts and Florida have banned Confessions of Judgment and New York, Indiana, and Virginia have severely curtailed their use.
Here is a link to HB 1791:

House Bill 1792 is more complex and will seem familiar, following in the footsteps of seven states that have passed such laws and another eight or so still considering them. It is a short and sweet law compelling commercial loan providers to disclose certain information as follows:

  • Total amount of funds provided;
  • Total dollar cost of financing;
  • Term or estimated term;
  • Method, frequency, and amount of each payment;
  • Description of prepayment policies; and
  • Total cost of the financing expressed as an annualized rate (i.e., APR).

Other key points that are in this bill:

  • A “Provider” is defined as a person or entity that extends a specific offer of commercial financing to a recipient.
  • A “Provider” can also be a nondepository institution that enters into a written agreement with a depository institution to arrange for the extension of commercial financing by the depository institution to a recipient via an online lending platform administered by the nondepository institution.
  • “Small business” is defined as one with fewer than 500 employees that is presented with a specific commercial financing offer by a provider.
  • The disclosures must be presented when a specific commercial financing offer is made and shall be signed by the small business’s agent for each disclosure before executing the transaction.

Here is the link to the bill:

Note the absence of formatting provisions as in California and New York, or a breakdown of particular kinds of financing as in those states. There are also no exemptions for banks, true leases, or, in fact, any exemptions at all. This makes passage of this law quite unlikely. In addition, no provision would provide the legislature the time or ability to promulgate regulations to clarify any unaddressed issues, and there are many. We will have to see whether this barebones act will pass muster and get signed by the governor, but somehow, I doubt it. HB1791, on the other hand, will probably become law soon.   

Ken Greene
Law Office of Kenneth Charles Greene
Tel: 818.575.9095


Banks Facing Additional Issues in Commercial Finance and Leasing
Sides of Their Businesses.
Major Challenges in the Market Place
By Randy Haug, LTi Technology Solutions

“Someone's rain is always someone else's sunshine”

There is no question that some regional banks are really being stressed right now with bank liquidity concerns, trying to get smaller while getting their balance sheets in order to survive as a core bank. This high interest rate environment has increased costs of deposits and put pressure on Interest Income spreads at these institutions.

It would not surprise me to see additional cuts at some of these institutions in the Equipment Finance side of the house. As some of these banks try to become smaller and more focused with added emphasis on profitability and not just increased revenue, SGA expenses for operations like Equipment Finance as well as all areas of bank operations are under heavier scrutiny.  

It is interesting, because many of our Bank clients to whom I spoke to in Scottsdale at the ELFA were actually doing very well and growing their book profitably. In each of those cases, their banks had plenty of dry powder, were well capitalized, and had the proper amount of money allocated for their Equipment Finance groups. Others unfortunately did not. It really depends on their bank parent.

That is just how it works in our business. I could see additional regional bank mergers happening in the future, as has happened in the past. 

The other thing you are seeing is some groups within the banks are doing uplifts from the bank side to the Independent side and aligning themselves with Private Equity and Private Credit groups. They are then coming back in the industry as unregulated entities.  Most are qt higher-than- traditional bank rates but without the compliance and cost burdens of Regulated institutions.

Many of these “new”, and existing Middle Market Structured Finance companies are stepping in and filling the funding gaps created by the exodus of some of the Regional banks in the equipment finance space. This will continue with new entrants coming into the market throughout 2024 and likely beyond, with Strong parents, plentiful capital, and not under the thumb of bank compliance groups.

 They are higher rate players that know what they are doing, but are structured finance focused, and are very active in the markets right now doing deals. Right now is a great opportunity for these new and existing Independent Equipment Finance companies and those Banks that have capital to lend.

My take is that this unsettling period has at least another 12-18 months to go, especially for large regional banks that are not well capitalized or with abundant liquidity to help fund a large Equipment Finance Group.

Those of us who have been in the business for many years have all seen this type of economic cycle previously. Right now, someone’s rain turns into another’s sunshine.

Randy Haug | EVP/ Co-Founder
LTi Technology Solutions
(Formerly Lease Team)
W: 402.493.3445 ext. 1014
Mobile: 402-981-3155


Alliance Funding Group Announces They Have
Formed a New Strategy Mid-Ticket Business Unit

Alliance Funding Group (“AFG”), Tustin, California, announces the appointment of Randy Hicks as its new Senior Vice President to lead its middle market equipment leasing, balance sheet strategy.  Mr. Hicks has successfully recruited Todd Greenberg (SVP, CRO) to lead the risk management duties of the new strategy.  

Brij Patel, President at Alliance Funding Group, said, “Being active in the middle market space as a syndicator, we’ve noticed that both banks and private credits have pulled back or moved upstream in their transaction minimums.

“Leveraging our balance sheet and with continued commitment by our bank partners, we feel that we can fill the void and provide access to competitive capital for our customers and vendor partners, says Brij Patel.

Randy Hickssaid“I am very excited to be joining the AFG team where experience matters. As one of the largest independents in the market, AFG is well positioned to take this next step and I look forward to contributing to the success of this strategy.”

He has more than 30 years of experience in middle market equipment leasing and finance. Prior to joining AFG, he served as Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Nations Equipment Finance, dba SLR Equipment Finance and spent 14 years in different leadership positions at GE Capital Corporation.

(Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Nations Equipment Finance, LLC (September, 2010 - October, 2023); Managing Director, KPS Capital Partners (September, 2007 - December, 2009); Managing Director, GE Commercial Finance (1999 - 2007); Managing Director, GE Capital (1993 - 2007).

Todd Greenberg has more than 14 years of experience in Risk Management.  Prior to joining AFG, he served as SVP of Risk at Post Road Equipment Finance and sent over 10 years at Nations Equipment Finance in different Risk and Analyst positions. 

(Previously, he was Vice President, Risk, Post Road Equipment Finance (April, 2023 - October 2024), Vice President Risk, Nations equipment Finance (November, 2010 - April 2021).

Since 1998, Alliance Funding Group has provided equipment finance solutions for small, medium, and enterprise sized businesses. They have financed over $2 Billion in equipment leases and loans to 25,000+ customers throughout the United States.    

Headquarted in Tustin, California, offices are located in Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, California, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Tacoma Washington.


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted


Connectedness and Kindness Win
 By Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners Managing Director

In an age where the digital realm is ever-expanding, where distances across continents seem trivial, and where we can reach out to someone thousands of miles away with a simple click, it's the essence of connectedness and kindness that truly shines. Today, let's delve into the heart of why, even in our rapidly changing world, these two core human values remain more relevant and essential than ever.

The Era of Interconnectedness

The 21st century has seen a technological revolution unlike any other. With smart phones in our pockets and wearables on our wrists, the digital landscape has reshaped our lives. We are connected now, not just through shared borders or physical proximities, but through threads of digital data and online communities. We've forged bonds with people from different countries, cultures, and walks of life, something our ancestors might have never imagined.

Yet, this constant connectedness isn’t merely about convenience or broadening one's network. It is about the deeper, underlying bond that humans have always sought: a sense of belonging, understanding, and shared purpose.

The Power of Kindness in a Digital Age

With global issues like climate change, political strife, and pandemics influencing our daily lives, one might wonder where kindness fits into all of this. The answer is everywhere.

Digital platforms, while often criticized for their drawbacks, have been instrumental in amplifying acts of kindness. Crowd funding campaigns for those in need, virtual support groups, and even simple positive comments or likes can have a profound impact on someone's day. The stories of individuals making a difference, of communities coming together to uplift one another, are reminders that our innate human tendency is to be compassionate.

Why Kindness and Connectedness Win?

  1. They are Universal: Regardless of where we come from, our age, background, or beliefs, the act of being kind and feeling connected resonates with everyone. These emotions bridge gaps, dissolve misunderstandings, and bring diverse groups together.
  2. They Drive Positive Action: From volunteers helping in disaster-stricken areas fueled by empathy, to people standing up against injustices online, it’s the combined force of kindness and connection that drives us to make a difference
  3. They Foster Well-being: Numerous studies have shown that acts of kindness and having a sense of connectedness promote mental and emotional well-being. They reduce feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression.
  4. They're Contagious: Just as a single act of unkindness can spiral, so can acts of kindness. When one person takes a step towards a kinder action, it inspires others to do the same, creating a ripple effect.

Moving Forward

While the tools of our age – the internet, social media, instant messaging – might be new, the values of kindness and connectedness are timeless. In our pursuit of progress, these values remind us of our shared humanity.

As we navigate the complexities of today's world, it's comforting to remember that at the core of our being, the ties that bind us all are kindness and connection. It's through these lenses that we can hope for a brighter, more harmonious future. In the grand tapestry of human history and the vast expanse of the digital age, connectedness and kindness truly win.

Ken Lubin, 
Managing Director
ZRG Partners, LLC
Americas I EMEA I Asia Pacific
C: 508-733-4789


The CLFP Foundation Adds 17 New CLFPs
With Photos ---- Foundation Approaching 1500 Members

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 17 individuals, who recently sat through the 8-hour online proctored CLFP exam, have passed.  They are: 

Matthew Cantwell, CLFP
Regional Scorecard Management Consultant, DLL

Justin Conrad, CLFP

Sales Support Director, DLL

Alexa Courtney, CLFP
VP, Sales and Property Tax, First American Equipment Finance

Samantha D’Angelo, CLFP
Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance

Eadie Eberhardt, CLFP
Head of Finance, US Transformation, DLL

Matthew Haley, CLFP
Inventory Finance Account Manager, DLL

Brandon Lairsen, CLFP
Vice President, Trailer Leasing, Transport Enterprise Leasing LLC

MacKenzie Magavern, CLFP Associate
Program Manager, Vendor Finance, First American Equipment Finance

Julie Quinlan, CLFP
Senior Credit Underwriter, DLL

Scott Rannick, CLFP

Credit Manager, Transport Enterprise Leasing LLC

Khira Ruthrauff, CLFP Associate

Assistant Controller, DLL

Timothy Stapleton, CLFP
Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance

Sara Tourte, CLFP

Workout & Litigation Manager, Small Ticket, DLL

Bruce Whited, CLFP

Sr. Credit Underwriter, DLL

Christina Whistler, CLFP

Operations Specialist III, DLL

Alyse White Hayes, CLFP
Senior Legal Counsel, DLL

Aaron Yoder, CLFP

Senior Regulatory Reporting Analyst, DLL

Eadie Eberhardt participated in the fall DLL CLFP and shares her experience saying, “I’ve been in the leasing industry for 8 years now, focused primarily on finance and accounting functions. I took this course and pursued my certification to broaden my understanding of the leasing industry and specifically the full lifecycle/variations of a deal, to eventually expand into other functional areas of the business.

“This course has far exceeded my expectations.”

MacKenzie Magavern of First American Equipment Finance explains her reason for embarking on the CLFP Journey and shares, “I chose to pursue the CLFP designation to gain a well-rounded understanding of the intricate equipment finance industry. It's easy to get caught up in your own role/department.

“The CLFP offers a full picture. I have a newfound respect for every role, division, and facet within my own institution and industry wide.”

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the commercial equipment finance industry. There are Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates located throughout the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, India, Pakistan, Africa, and Australia. For more information, visit


20 CLFP Academy Classes This Year
Only Two More Scheduled for 2023

Mel Vinson, CLFP, Director of Academies, VP of Marketing and Development, noted,  "Registrations are closed, and so far nothing for 2024 that’s public. I booked three private classes.”

The Academy for Lease and Finance Professionals (ALFP) is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming the attendee has already self-studied. A trend has begun in having virtual online sessions.

During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth. On the third day, the exam is offered but is not mandatory and may be taken on another day.

Students are strongly advised to have read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook prior to attending the class in order to ensure success.

There also is a “Mentor Program” for individuals.

Arvest Public, In-Person
November 16 – 18, 2023

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)
In Person Private ALFP (North Carolina)
(November  17 – 19)

About Academy


Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
November 6 - November 9

(1) Leasing News Has Confirmed Key Equipment Finance
  Exiting Vendor Business
By Christopher Menkin, Publisher

(2) The Corporate Transparency Act of 2024
  Many in Business Are Not Aware
By Kenneth C. Greene, Leasing News Emeritus

(3) Iowa Bank Failure Tied to Bad Trucking Loans
By Craig Fuller, CEO, and Founder, Freight Waves

(4) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

(5) "Horrifyingly awful" in trucking both long haul
and local delivery. Shipping is also very bad.

(6) CLFP Foundation adds 26 New CLFPs
Including Photos

(7) CLFP Growth by Company Continues
Three or More CLFP’s

(8) What NOT to Do If You Want to Be Successful
  By Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners Managing Director
    What NOT to Do If You Want to Be Successful
By Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners Managing Director

(9) Bankruptcies on the Rise
By Peter N. Tamposi, Esq.

(10) Time to Plan for 2024
By Scott Wheeler, CLFP



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Tacoma, Washington Adopt-a-Dog


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Has experience with dogs of similar size

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News Briefs---

Bipartisan bill introduced to guarantee
    truck drivers overtime pay

SK Battery to furlough workers at Jackson County plant,
      cut production

Chicago ranks #1 on Orkin's Top 50 Rattiest Cities
    List for the ninth consecutive year

There is now only one Chuck E. Cheese
    animatronic band left in California

Emotions run high as sea turtles take over
    popular Hawaii beaches


Tech layoffs: Charts show biggest job cuts
    impacting San Francisco Bay Area Tech Companies


Sports Briefs---

MLB owners will vote this week on Oakland A’s bid
     to move to Las Vegas; here’s what’s next

49ers dominate Jaguars 34-3 to end a 3-game skid
and look like Super Bowl contenders again

Draymond Green ejected from game against
Cleveland Cavaliers



California News Briefs---

Just 15% of Californians can afford a home,
lowest rate in 16 years

Walmart takes over massive Meta sublease
   in San Francisco Bay Area, according to report


Gimme that Wine    

Changing consumer palates may cause growers
      to shrink wine grape acreage

California Wine Demand Falling and
   Foreign Investment US Ag Land

Wine Distributors in Colorado Say New Law Allowing
    Grocery Store Wine Sales Hurts Business


This Day in History

      1518 - One of Christopher Columbus's officers, Diego Velasquez obtains the Spanish Crown authority to colonize the new countries in the Americas. He conquered Cuba in 1511 and backed Hernando Cortes’ expedition to Mexico, who turned against him.  Those sent to bring him back and the riches he found were defeated or joined Cortes. Velasquez died in Havana, 1524.
    1765 - Birthday of Robert Fulton (d. 1815), inventor of the steamboat, at Little Britain, PA. Revolutionized transportation, allowing the growth that eventually opened the growth of what are now Central states, but then called “the West.”  In 1800, he was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to attempt to design the Nautilus, which was the first practical submarine in history.  He is also credited with inventing some of the world's earliest naval torpedoes for use by the British Royal Navy.
    1775 - American troops led by General Richard Montgomery capture the City of Montreal, Canada.
    1789 - Benjamin Franklin wrote to a friend, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Franklin later repeated it in his newspaper and it has become one of the most popular sayings in the American language.
    1789 - President George Washington ended his tour of the New England states that he began on October 15, traveling in a hired coach, accompanied by Major William Jackson, his aide-de-camp, and Tobias Lear, his private secretary, along with six servants, nine horses, and a luggage wagon. He went as far north as Kittery, ME, then part of Massachusetts. As Rhode Island and Vermont had not yet joined the new government, he did not visit those states. Washington’s first tour of the southern states was made from April 7 to June 12, 1791, during which time he made a 1,887 mile trip from his estate in Mount Vernon, VA, through Philadelphia, south through Virginia, and the Carolinas into Georgia, and back to Mount Vernon.
    1835 - Texans officially proclaimed independence from Mexico and called itself the Lone Star Republic, after its flag, until its admission to the Union in 1845.
    1854 – 284-300 perished as immigrant vessel New Era foundered off New Jersey coast.
    1839 - The Liberty Party, an antislavery party, held its first national convention at Warsaw, NY. It nominated James G. Birney of New York for president. Birney, a former Kentuckian and slaveholder, wielded strong political influence in western New York and the Ohio River Valley. Francis J. Lemoyne was nominated for vice-resident.
    1860 - Helen Archibald Clarke with lifetime partner Charlotte Endymion Porter founded, edited, and published “Poet Lore” which introduced Americans to a number of European modern poets. Both were prolific writers and editors of writings by Shakespeare, Browning, Longfellow, and others. Ms. Clarke was also a talented musician and composer.
    1861 - President Lincoln pays a late-night visit to General George McClellan, who Lincoln had recently named general in chief of the Union army. The general retired to his chambers before speaking with the president. This was the most famous example of McClellan's cavalier disregard for the president's authority. Lincoln had tapped McClellan to head the Army of the Potomac, the main Union army in the East, in July, 1861 after the disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run. McClellan immediately began to build an effective army and he was elevated to general-in-chief after Winfield Scott resigned on October 31. McClellan drew praise for his military initiatives but quickly developed a reputation for his arrogance and contempt toward the political leaders in Washington. After being named to the top post, McClellan began openly to cavort with Democratic leaders in Congress and show his disregard for the Republican administration. To his wife, he wrote that Lincoln was "nothing more than a well-meaning baboon," and Secretary of State William Seward was an "incompetent little puppy." Lincoln made frequent evening visits to McClellan's house to discuss strategy. On November 13, Lincoln, Seward, and Presidential Secretary John Hay stopped by to see the general. McClellan was out, so the trio waited patiently for his return. After an hour, McClellan came in and was told by a porter that the guests were waiting. McClellan headed for his room without a word and, only after Lincoln waited another half-hour, was the group informed of McClellan's retirement to bed. Hay felt that the president should have been greatly offended, but Lincoln casually replied that it was "better at this time not to be making points of etiquette and personal dignity." Lincoln made no more visits to the general's home. He was not a very good general and the Seven Days Campaign, also known as McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign that started on July 1, 1862, was a disaster. On July 11, Maj. General Henry W. Halleck was named commander-in-chief of the Union armies by President Lincoln. Without McClellan criticizing him, Lincoln, on July 22, wanted to issue an Emancipation Proclamation and told his Cabinet it would also be an effort to cripple Confederate manpower, something McClellan had influenced the administration not to do. Lincoln’s cabinet persuaded him to wait for a more favorable military situation to avoid the appearance of “desperation.” On November 5, Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside was name by President Lincoln to replace Gen. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac. McClellan, in 1864, ran as the Democratic candidate for president. In the North, there was considerable dissatisfaction with the progress being made in defeating the Confederacy, so Lincoln did not think his chances of reelection were good. The Democrats were split between those who supported the war and those who wanted peace at almost any price. General Lee, aware of this, was planning an invasion of Washington, DC, but one of his divisions was accidentally encountered in movement on this plan in Gettysburg (but that is another story). The Democratic nominee was Gen. George B. McClellan, commander of the Union Army, who had let several opportunities for victory slip away. The Democratic platform called for peace through reunification of the states but did not say how this was to be done. Fortunately for Lincoln and the Republicans and those opposed to slavery, several important military victories were won in time to influence the outcome. In the 1864 election, Lincoln received 212 electoral votes, McClellan, 21. The popular vote was Lincoln 2,216,067; McClellan, 1.807,725. The results and history of the campaigning are revealing as to the attitudes of the time, and are not reflected in many school books that paint the war as simple to understand.
    1875 - Bowling rules standardization was undertaken when 27 delegates met at Germania Hall, New York City, and organized the National Bowling Association. The association soon went out of existence, however, as did the American Amateur Bowling Union, which was organized in 1890. The first important bowling convention to standardize rules was held by the American Bowling Congress, when it organized On September 9, 1895, in New York City,
    1875 - The first football uniforms were worn in a game at New Haven, CT, by teams from Yale and Harvard.  The Yale team wore dark trousers, blue shirts, and yellow caps, which the Harvard team wore crimson shirts and stockings and knee breeches. Harvard won the game 4-0. The game at that time was closer to rugby than to present-day football. Each team had 15 players.
    1880 - Severe Santa Ana winds and sandstorms in Southern California cause extensive damage.
    1894 - The great Kansas City bandleader Bennie Moten (d. 1935) was born there. Count Basie came from this group, as did many other great jazz musicians.
    1913 - African-American Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, pioneering surgeon, becomes a member of the American College of Surgeons.
    1914 - The brassiere, invented by Caresse Crosby, is patented.
    1921 - Birthday of bass player Eddie Calhoun (d. 1993), Clarksdale, MS
    1921 - That great romancer of the silver screen, Rudolph Valentino, starred in "The Sheik," which was released. "The Sheik" firmly established Valentino’s popular reputation as the Great Lover, and his last film, the comical "Son of the Sheik" (1926), sealed that title. But the actor never thought of himself as a conqueror of women, not as a great actor. He found the Sheik films rather silly. Valentino had plans to make more serious films beginning with an ambitious version of "El Cid," to be called "The Hooded Falcon." In town for the premiere of "Son of the Sheik," he collapsed in New York on August 15, 1926. Valentino died eight days later from peritonitis, before he could begin to work on films that would make the public forget his sheikly shenanigans. So, the grandiose romantic persona persists and we remember Rudolph Valentino as the Great Lover.
    1927 - The Holland Tunnel, running under the Hudson River between New York, NY, and Jersey City, NJ, was opened to traffic. The tunnel was built and operated by the New York-New Jersey Bridge and Tunnel Commission. Comprised of two tubes, each large enough for two lanes of traffic, the Holland was the first underwater tunnel built in the US.
    1928 - Pianist/Composer Hampton Hawes (d. 1977) birthday, Los Angeles.
    1931 - Arkansan Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat of her late husband. In 1932, she became the first woman to be elected to the Senate in her own right, re-elected in 1938, introduced an Equal Rights Amendment.
    1933 - The first dust storm of the Great Dust Bowl era occurred with dust spreading from Montana to the Ohio Valley, then to the east from Georgia to Maine. Black rain fell in New York and brown snow in Vermont.  Parts of South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa reported zero visibility on the 12th. On the 13th, dust reduced the visibility to half a mile in Tennessee.
    1933 - In Austin, Minnesota, striking workers at the packing plant of George A. Hormel & Co. hold the first recorded sit-down strike in American labor history. The technique is a variation on earlier methods of striking such as refusal-to-work strikes and stay-in strikes and proves the most effective of the three in discouraging violence.  Sit-downs begin a wave of strikes across the nation and many fear labor is getting too strong
as it begins to win its demands of the last 75 years.
    1937 - The first symphony orchestra devoted exclusively to radio broadcasting was the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) Symphony Orchestra under conductor Arturo Toscanini. Television has had no such orchestra.
    1940 - U.S. Supreme Court rules in Hansberry v. Lee that African Americans cannot be barred from white neighborhoods.
    1940 - Benny Goodman records Eddie Sauter’s ”Benny Rides Again.”
    1943 - Leonard Bernstein replaced an indisposed Bruno Walter as conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
    1944 - Top Hits
“Dance with the Dolly” - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings)
“I’ll Walk Alone” - Dinah Shore
“The Trolley Song” - The Pied Pipers
“Smoke on the Water” - Red Foley
    1946 - General Electric scientists produced snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires in the first modern day cloud seeding experiment.
    1951 - Janet Collins, ballerina, becomes the first Black dancer to appear with the Metropolitan Opera Company.
    1952 - Top Hits
“You Belong to Me” - Jo Stafford
“Wish You Were Here” - Eddie Fisher
“Because You’re Mine” - Mario Lanza
“Jambalaya” (“On the Bayou”) - Hank Williams
    1952 - Harvard's Paul Zoll becomes the first man to use electric shock to treat cardiac arrest.
    1953 - Strong southeasterly winds associated with a Pacific cold front reached 70 mph at Sacramento, CA to equal their all-time record. The previous record had been established in a similar weather pattern on December 12th of the previous year. I believe my father Lawrence Menkin was the producer for NBC of this series.
    1955 - NBC showed the first live TV program from a foreign country (noncontiguous). Scenes from Havana, Cuba were seen by viewers of Dave Garroway’s "Wide Wide World" program.
    1956 - The Supreme Court ruled that segregation on buses and streetcars was unconstitutional.  Southern states either ignored or rebelled against the Supreme Court ruling against segregation in the public schools. In Montgomery, Alabama, blacks boycotted buses.
    1958 – NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announced preliminary plans for a third major league. Chairman William Shea of what will become the Continental League, says it is apparent that the National League is going to ignore New York City. He implies that the new league will be free to raid major league rosters.  Ironically, many have found that Shea’s uncompromising positions led to the departures of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to California.
    1960 - Top Hits
“Save the Last Dance for Me” - The Drifters
“Poetry in Motion” - Johnny Tillotson
“Georgia on My Mind” - Ray Charles
“Wings of a Dove” - Ferlin Husky
    1961 - The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is released.
    1963 - Birthday of Vincent Frank “Vinny” Testaverde, football player, born New York, NY.
    1964 - Forward Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks became the first player in NBA history to reach the 20,000–point mark when he scored 29 points in a 123-106 loss to the Cincinnati Royals.
    1965 - James Brown's "I Got You" enters both the pop and R&B charts. The song will reach Number One R&B and #3 pop and will become the Godfather of Soul's most enduring and most readily identifiable songs.
    1965 - The McCoys' "Fever" is released.
    1966 - The Dead, Quicksilver, and Big Brother and the Holding Company Benefit at the San Francisco Avalon Ballroom for the Zen Mountain Center.
    1967 - Carl Burton Stokes became the first black in the US elected mayor when he won the Cleveland, OH, mayoral election. Died April 3, 1996.
    1968 – The Beatles movie, "Yellow Submarine," premiered in the U.S. Their single, "Hey Jude," topped the pop music charts (it was in its 7th of 9 weeks at #1).
    1968 - Top Hits
“Hey Jude” - The Beatles
“Those Were the Days” - Mary Hopkin
“Love Child” - Diana Ross & The Supremes
“I Walk Alone” - Marty Robbins
    1969 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Cold Blood, Joy of Cooking, and Lamb perform at Winterland in San Francisco
    1971 - The first satellite launched from the earth to orbit another planet was Mariner 9, an unmanned American spacecraft that was sent to Mars to photograph the surface and to study the planet’s thin atmosphere, clouds, and hazes, surface chemistry, and seasonable changes. The satellite entered Martian orbit at 7:33pm EST. It mapped 70 percent of the planet’s surface.
    1973 - Peter, Paul and Mary's "In The Wind" LP goes gold.
    1974 - Karen Silkwood murdered during her investigation of Kerr-McGee Nuclear Power Plant in Oklahoma. All her documentation of safety violations disappeared.  Following her mysterious death, which received extensive coverage, her estate filed a lawsuit against Kerr-McGee, which was eventually settled for $1.38 million. This plant experienced theft of plutonium by workers during this era. She joined the union and became an activist on behalf of issues of health and safety at the plant as a member of the union's negotiating team, the first woman to have that position at Kerr-McGee. In the summer of 1974, she testified to the Atomic Energy Commission about her concerns.  For three days in November, she was found to have plutonium contamination on her person and in her home. That month, while driving to meet with David Burnham, a New York Times journalist, and Steve Wodka, an official of her union's national office, she died in a car crash under suspicious circumstances.  Silkwood was portrayed by Meryl Streep in Mike Nichols’ 1983 Academy Award-nominated film “Silkwood.”
    1974 - Vietnam War memorial dedicated, Washington, D.C.  The Memorial Wall, by architect Maya Lin, is made up of two 246-foot-9-inch long gabbro walls, etched with the names of the servicemen being honored in panels of horizontal rows with regular typeface and spacing.  The walls are sunken into the ground, with the earth behind them. At the highest tip (the apex where they meet), they are 10.1 feet high, and they taper to a height of 8 inches at their extremities. Symbolically, this is described as a "wound that is closed and healing."
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Whatever Gets You Through the Night," John Lennon. Elton John plays piano and organ and sings backing vocals on the song.
    1975 - "Feelings" by Morris Albert, went gold.
    1976 - Top Hits
“Tonight’s the Night” (“Gonna Be Alright”) - Rod Stewart
“The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” - Gordon Lightfoot
“Love So Right” - Bee Gees
“Somebody Somewhere” (“Don’t Know What He’s Missin’ Tonight”) - Loretta Lynn
    1977 - After 43 years as a regular feature in hundreds of newspapers, "Li’l Abner," by creator Al Capp, ended. This was one of the most popular cartoons of its day, including a Broadway musical, and Capp was a favorite guest of late TV shows.
    1979 - For the first time in Major League history, two players shared the Most Valuable Player award. The National League co-winners are Willie Stargell, the spiritual leader of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hit .281 with 32 home runs, and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez, who led the NL in runs (116), doubles (48) and batting average (.344).
    1981 - A powerful cyclone brought high winds to Washington State and Oregon. The cyclone, which formed about 1000 miles west of San Francisco, intensified rapidly as it approached the Oregon coast with the central pressure reaching 28.22 inches (956 millibars). A wind trace from the Whiskey Run Turbine Site, about 12 miles south of Coos Bay in Oregon, showed peak gusts to 97 mph fifty feet above ground level. The wind caused widespread damage in Washington and Oregon, with 12 deaths reported. As much as four feet of snow fell in the Sierra Nevada Range of northern California.
    1984 - Top Hits
“Caribbean Queen” (“No More Love on the Run”) - Billy Ocean
“Purple Rain” - Prince & The Revolution
“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” - Wham!
“I’ve Been Around Enough to Know” - John Schneider
    1986 - The state of California put Fricot City on the auction block for $8.8 million. The ‘city’ was actually the former ranch/private estate of Desiré Fricot. It had become a California Youth Authority camp in 1945. Located about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento, Fricot City featured some twenty homes, two gymnasiums, two swimming pools, a full twelve-grade school, a fire station, an infirmary and a chapel. ( scroll to bottom to see map )
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    1987 - A storm moving off the Pacific Ocean produced rain and gale force winds along the northern and central Pacific coast, and heavy snow in the Cascade Mountains. Cold weather prevailed in the southeastern U.S. Five cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Asheville, NC with a reading of 21 degrees.
    1988 - Low pressure brought rain and snow and gusty winds to the northeastern U.S. A thunderstorm drenched Agawam, MA with 1.25 inches of rain in fifteen minutes. Winds gusted to 58 mph at Nantucket, MA.
    1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Think We're Alone Now," Tiffany. Tiffany Darwish was born Oct. 2, 1971, making her the first artist with a No. 1 hit to be born in the 1970s.
    1989 - After 16 years with the same team, Jim Rice is released by the Red Sox. The Boston outfielder retires from the game with a career .298 average with 382 home runs.  Rice was an 8-time All-Star and the 1978 AL MVP. He became the ninth player to lead the major leagues in total bases in consecutive seasons and joined Ty Cobb as one of two players to lead the AL in total bases three years in a row. He batted .300 seven times, collected 100 RBIs eight times and 200 hits four times, and had eleven seasons with 20 HRs. He also led the league in home runs three times, RBIs and slugging percentage twice each.  The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted him in 2009.
    1989 - Thirty-two cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 70s as far north as Michigan and Pennsylvania. Afternoon highs in the 80s were reported from the Southern Plains to the southern Atlantic coast. Columbia, SC reported a record high of 86 degrees, and the high of 71 degrees at Flint, MI was their warmest of record for so late in the season.
    1997 – The UN pulled its weapons inspectors from Iraq.
    1998 - New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe set an NFL record for most passes completed in a game with 45 vs. Minnesota.
    1998 – The ball thrown by Boston Red Sox pitcher Howard Ehmke and hit by Babe Ruth for the first home run in Yankee Stadium history sold at an auction for $126,500. Mark Scala found the 1923 historic ball in the attic of his grandmother's home several years ago.  Viola Bevilacque, his 87-year-old mother, remembered the ball that had been given to her husband as a prize in 1927 for making the New Jersey all-state high school baseball team. The ball, hit by Ruth on Yankee Stadium's opening day in 1923, was kept in the attic of the house she has lived in since 1946.  When he found out about the ball, which was signed by Ruth and carried an inscription identifying it as the first home run in Yankee Stadium, Mr. Scala took it to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. There, he met Peter Clark, the curator of collections.  The first question he asked was whether Cooperstown had Ruth's first Yankee Stadium home run ball. Mr. Clark confirmed that the ball was not in the museum. He also told Mr. Scala that Ruth's signature on the ball was consistent with his autograph.  Mr. Scala then took the ball to authenticators, who decided that Mr. Scala did have the first Yankee Stadium home run ball.
    1999 - Lennox Lewis won a unanimous decision over tattooed Evander Holyfield for 12 rounds in Las Vegas to capture the title.
    2000 - Becoming the first pitcher to win the American League Cy Young award unanimously in consecutive years, Red Sox hurler Pedro Martinez (18-6,1.74) has copped the 'top pitcher' honor three of the last four seasons.  Martinez entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 in his first year of eligibility.
    2001 - Top Hits
“Family Affair” - Mary J. Blige
“I'm Real” - Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule
“Hero” - Enrique Iglesias
“Fallin'” - Alicia Keys
    2002 - The Giants select former Expo veteran skipper Felipe Alou to replace Dusty Baker as their new manager. The 67-year-old Dominican Republic native compiled a 691-717 record during his ten years at the helm with Montreal and was selected as the National League Manager of the Year in the 1994 strike-shortened season. He was replaced at the end of the 2006, but is still involved in San Francisco Giants activities.
    2005 - Chicago Bears cornerback Nathan Vasher returns a missed field goal 108 yards for a touchdown, the longest play in NFL history.
    2010 - According to China, a report submitted to the U.N. Security Council on violation of the Darfur weapons embargo is ridden with flaws and vaguely worded.
    2013 - The largest fancy orange diamond on record was sold at Christie's auction in Geneva; the 14.82-carat stunner sold for $35.5 million.  The painting, 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' by Sir Francis Bacon, sold for a record-high price of $142 million.
    2018 – The trial of drug kingpin, El Chapo, began in NYC.  A former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, he is considered to have been the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.  His status as a fugitive resulted in an $8.8 million combined reward from Mexico and the U.S. for information leading to his capture, and he was arrested in Mexico in 2014.  He escaped prior to formal sentencing in 2015, through a tunnel under his jail cell. Mexican authorities recaptured him following a shoot-out in 2016 and extradited him to the U.S. a year later. In 2019, he was found guilty of multiple criminal charges related to his leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel and is currently serving a life sentence at Florence, CO.
    2018 – Amazon announced plans for additional HQs, in Queens, NYC, and Arlington, VA.  The Queens location was eliminated after significant resistant by Queens government representatives, while construction has begun on the Crystal City HQ location in Arlington just outside Washington, DC.
    2019 – The first day of public testimony in the impeachment trial of President Trump.  Trump was accused of withholding military aid to pressure the newly-elected president of Ukraine to pursue investigations of Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and to investigate a theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind interference in the US 2016 presidential election.  On October 31, the House of Representatives voted 232–196 to establish procedures for public hearings, which started on November 13. As hearings began, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Trump may have committed bribery, which is listed in Article Two as an impeachable offense.   Private and public congressional testimony by twelve government witnesses in November 2019 presented evidence that Trump demanded political favors in exchange for official action. On December 10, the House Judiciary Committee unveiled their articles of impeachment: one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress.   Three days later, the Judiciary Committee voted along party lines (23–17) to approve both articles.  On December 16, the House Judiciary Committee released a report specifying criminal bribery and wire fraud charges as part of the abuse of power charge.  On December 18, the House voted mostly along party lines to impeach the president on both charges. The vote on Article One, abuse of power, was 230–197, with one vote of present. All Republicans voted against the article, joined by two Democrats. The vote on Article Two, obstruction of Congress, was 229–198, with one vote of present. All Republicans voted against the article, joined by three Democrats.  The President was impeached on December 18, 2019.  The impeachment trial began in the Senate on January 16, 2020 and concluded with his acquittal on February 5. 



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